Pernod Ricard Winemakers is the premium wine division of Pernod Ricard.
Founded in 2010 but with roots dating back to 1847, Pernod Ricard Winemakers is responsible for creating one of the world’s most diverse portfolios of premium wines. Its key brands include Jacob’s Creek from Australia, Brancott Estate and Stoneleigh from New Zealand.
Pernod Ricard Winemakers is committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity in Australia by mid-2019, supporting the company’s global sustainability and responsibility goals.
The winemakers recently celebrated the official “switch-on” of 1MW of solar-generated electricity at its Barossa Valley Winery in 2018, marking the first completed stage of the company’s massive 2.8MW solar installation project.
When completed in mid-2019, this will be the largest combined winery solar installation in Australia and will supply 20% of the business’ annual electricity usage, supporting the creation of some of Australia’s leading iconic wines from Jacob’s Creek.
The solar installation is expected to generate around 4,000 MWh of renewable electricity in the first year, which is equivalent to the electricity consumed annually in approximately 800 South Australian homes.
To reach 100% renewable electricity, Pernod Ricard Winemakers have also signed a landmark 10-year Corporate Renewable Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Flow Power, to connect the business with renewable electricity sources. The deal connects to both offsite wind and solar farms and is the first of its kind in South Australia.
80% of the business’ annual electricity requirement will be met by solar and wind for the next 10 years through Flow Power.
Pernod Ricard Winemaker’s commitment to its own solar project, combined with its PPA with Flow Power, will power its ambitious goal to source 100% renewable energy for its operations by mid-2019 – well ahead of its original plans.
The agreement is testament to Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ commitment to sustainability and responsibility.
Helen Strachan, Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ Legal and Corporate Affairs Director says,”The business is doing everything within our means to draw upon renewable energy, both in terms of our own renewable electricity sources at our winery and our commitment to supporting the renewable energy industry.”
“We are excited to be leaders in defining the future of sustainable business in a rapidly changing environment.”
David Evans, Director of Commercial and Engineering of Flow Power comments: “Flow Power is excited that Pernod Ricard Winemakers will be our first South Australian Hybrid Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). By matching both solar and wind PPAs, Pernod Ricard Winemakers receives a cost-effective means to get to 100% renewables.”